Appetizing yuzu , light caramel and honey. Fresher than the 1928. Full of fresh lemon. Citrus and grapefruits. Beautiful! Ethereal and out of this world. Tearing. A monolithic beam of citrus minerality sets this champ apart
100 Year Old Champagne and Other Wonders (Kingyo, Marina Square): Wonderful. Surprisingly far lighter in colour than the 1928, this was also brighter, fresher and, seemingly, rather younger. This too had a glorious nose. Not quite as complete as the '28 perhaps, but beautiful in its own way, with wafts of almond nuts and marzipan, lovely floral scents, apples, caramel, a touch of lemongrass and a bit of spice. Beautiful. Here though, it was the palate rather than the nose that really grabbed the attention. This was stunningly fresh, bright and juicy. Bubble-less, but amazing in the way it was incredibly alive and energetic and yet wonderfully full, round and resolved, with melting tones of lemons, yuzu lime, verbana, green apples and pears zooming across the mouth - a whole spectrum of fruit that made the wine seem so youthfully yummy. Some delicious dollops of caramel drizzled the midpalate. The finish was beautiful as well. Not as amazingly long as the 1928, but more energetic, like a ballet dancer leaping across the palate in a long, garceful arc of sour plum and preserved lemon flavours flecked with savoury white meat and earth tones. A super complete wine and, rather surprising, a wonderful pairing with braised pork belly. My wine of the day, just beating out the '28 and a lovely Jacques Selosse V.O. that was disgorged more than 80 years after this left the cellars of Veuve Cliquot.
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(Veuve Clicquot) I kept on my game face and tried to march onwards, and I did for a crazy magnum of 1923 Veuve Clicquot, which had the black truffle oil nose similar to some of the Bollingers that I have had from this same era. ‘Sugarmeister’ and ‘rotten game’ came from someone or somewhere…I neglected to write down a score, sorry.
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